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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

How To Know When It's Just TOO MUCH In A Room!!


First I have to say this, "Design Is And Will Always BE SUBJECTIVE!" What is just right for one is not enough, or maybe too much for another. 

Throughout this post you will see images that are pleasing to me that represent my design aesthetic. These are images I have on my pinterest boards and some are years old.

To be honest there is a lot of trial and error involved until you come up with the perfect formula and outcome for your own personality.

I have always been a less is more girl and big is better in my book of tricks, but that look is not for everyone and I realize that.

It is important to know just how far you can push the envelope. Since I was a consultant for many years and tend to be very analytical I am very in tune with what works for me, and also spent a great deal of time with my clients to get a true feel of what they truly loved and needed. I would always try to stay true to who they were. After all it was their home, not mine.

There is one little test that I call, "The Morning Test," that has proven to work for most people. This is how it works.

When you are rearranging, or maybe you just purchased a new piece that you are trying to incorporate in your room, place the new piece where you think it works.

Sleep on it and when you wake up, first thing the next morning how does it feel to you? If it feels perfect then you will be able to live with it for years to come, but if you have to analyze it, talk yourself into it, DON'T do it. It will just become a costly mistake in the long run.

I find it is so much easier to see things clearly first thing in the morning when you are fresh and your mind is not cluttered with the details of the day. 

As the day wears on we will tend to over think and analyze situations and that does not always make for the best outcome.

Something else I always recommend when adding or changing accessories in a room is to take everything out of the room except for the main pieces and start by layering in the biggest pieces  first and then layer in  the smaller pieces last.

If you find that you have to change everything that you already love to make one piece work, chances are, that ONE PIECE is your problem child and it needs to be eliminated.

I hope some of these little tips might help you out when you decide you want to add or rearrange things in your home. They sure have helped me and my clients over the years.

Happy Decorating! And Remember......



Donnamae said...

I’m glad you are posting more...especially posts like this. Great photos...I think curbing the decorative clutter is one of the hardest things for me. I love to collect...so I am always curating my collections. There seems to be a fine line between incorporating a collection in a room, and looking like a hoarder. Great advice as always! ;)

debra @ 5th and state said...

AGREE! less is more, oversized is impactful.
loved every image

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Great post Kathysue! You inspire me!

Mary said...

Things don’t get noticed when they are surrounded by other things. But 1 large item will surely get noticed!
I personally struggle with family photos. I have quite a few displayed on picture ledges in the master bedroom. But after living with them for many years I’m feeling overwhelmed by having so many. I would love to take them all down. But it would be sad to just pack them all up into boxes.

Kathysue said...

Hi Donnamae, thank you for telling me this, I am glad to be back as well. I really appreciate all the faithful readers like YOU!!

Kathysue said...

Hi Debra! You are a fabulous designer so I really appreciate your stamp of approval here on my little blog!!

Kathysue said...

Hi Shirley, You are always so kind and I appreciate the time you take to read and to make a comment. You are the BEST!!!

Kathysue said...

Hi Mary, personal family photos is a hard one for most people. I need to do a post on that one, but I would never want to step on anyone's toes!!